The main challenge facing the school publisher is with regard to e-learning. We need to develop suitable digital content that can support teaching and learning in the classroom. - Manzar Khan, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India
Korea's as a Digital Powerhouse South Korea has pledged that all elementary and secondary schools will be completely digital by the year 2015. The ministry of education will ensure that every student has access to a mobile device, a strong connection to the Internet, and a cloud-computing network dedicated to education.
As a professional educator and a teacher leader involved in dialogue about effective education reform, one thing is blaringly evident: At the school level, administration makes all the difference in the world.
Many of the experts surveyed by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project predicted this generation will be good at connecting, collaborating, and working quicklly, they also expect their characteristics to include a thirst for instant gratification and quick fixes and a lack of patience and deep-thinking ability due to what one referred to as “fast-twitch wiring.”
Silverthorne Elementary student Cienna Hitt sat on the floor of her fourth-grade classroom Wednesday, immersed in the display of a MacBook.
The child was using the laptop, she explained, to create a podcast of her hero, highly decorated World War II veteran Audie Murphy. She wrote a few paragraphs on Murphy, recorded her voice on the computer and added pictures and music. Another student sat nearby, listening to an audiobook of her hero on an iPod Shuffle.
The sight of the two students using gadgets to learn is not that unusual at Silverthorne, which got a boost to its technology stock this year using district grants and some leftover funds from last school year. Overall, they got about 30 iPads, 20 iPad touches, 35 shuffles, 150 mini-laptops, projectors, document cameras and MacBooks for every teacher.
Reading Justin Bieber's tweets or Kim Kardashian's blog (''This weekend I spent Saturday shopping with my mom!''), you could be forgiven for thinking that digital technology is dumbing us down. Yes, the digital pool has a shallow end but there's a deep end, too. And nowhere is this more evident than in the arts, as organisations including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Opera House, Musica Viva and Bell Shakespeare start to use interactive whiteboards and video conferencing to spread the cultural word in classrooms.
What would a high school classroom look like if the students were all like kindergartners, eagerly learning everything they could about the world? What makes this idea seem ludicrous—and why isn’t learning still like this in high schools today?
States have established an array of policies in recent years to free schools from having to award academic credits based on "seat time," with the goal of making it easier for struggling students to catch up, exceptional students to race ahead, and students facing geographic and scheduling barriers to take the courses they need.
After noticing an uptick in ELL and other students with below average reading scores at his school, Skip Johnson, principal at El Crystal Elementary in San Bruno, CA, created a forward-thinking reading program pairing iPods and print books that has...
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